SAA Gardening Conference 2019

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Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

Venue: Events Centre, Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

Information on how to purchase Tickets to follow


This conference aims to salute the valiant efforts of countless owners, designers and gardeners – professional and amateur whose success is enjoyed by so many.

  • 9.30am       Registration and Coffee


  • 10.00am     Chairman’s Introduction – Stephen Miles  


  • 10.10am     “Why A Garden” – Richard Bisgrove

About Richard Bisgrove

Richard Bisgrove gained a First-Class Honours degree in Horticultural Science at Reading (1965) and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan (1969) then worked briefly as a landscape architect in Florida before returning to the University of Reading to lecture in Amenity Horticulture.  In 1986 he was responsible for the introduction, at Reading, of Britain's first-degree course in Landscape Management.   He retired in September 2009 from his position as Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Landscape Management. He continues to lecture in Oxford University Department of Continuing Education summer schools on various aspects of garden history for the Universities of California (Berkeley), Michigan State and North Carolina. Richard’s most recent book, William Robinson- the wild gardener, was published in September 2018. He served for 19 years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust.

  • 11.15am      “ Downsizing” - Mary Keen  

About Mary Keen               

Mary Keen is an internationally known designer, writer and lecturer.  She was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel for twenty years. The author of six books, she writes from the heart rather than to order. She is a regular contributor to many newspapers and gardening magazines, both here and abroad. As a designer she worked for many years in partnership with Pip Morrison, preferring to make atmospheric gardens which look as though they have been there for ever. Her own garden at Duntisbourne Rous which was regularly open to groups from all over the world, used to be her favourite project, but she is equally excited by creating a new small garden, with three allotments.

  • 12.15pm      Two course hot lunch and shopping time with the trade exhibitors.

  • 1.30pm        Tim Richardson on Cambridge College Gardens

About Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson is a garden and landscape historian and critic and the author of a number of books including The Arcadian Friends: The Invention of the English Landscape Garden, Avant Gardeners and The New English Garden. His next book is Cambridge College Gardens (a companion to his book on Oxford) and he is currently working on a monograph on the work of Tom Stuart-Smith and a book on Sissinghurst. He is a columnist on the Daily Telegraph and writes for various other publications. He teaches landscape history at London University and wrote Oxford University's course on English garden history. He is art critic for The Idler and was theatre critic at Country life for 23 years. He lives in London.

  • 2.30pm        Bunny Guinness comparing Highgrove and her own garden

About Bunny Guinness

After a degree in horticulture at Reading University Bunny qualified as a landscape Architect. For over forty years she has been designing gardens and commercial spaces.  She has won six gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show for her gardens. Bunny has written a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph for 20 years and has been a BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist for 20 years. Her main passion though, is designing gardens.  In July this year her design for the Horatio’s Garden at the spinal unit in Oswestry was completed.

  • 3.30pm       Tea, biscuits and shopping time with the trade exhibitors

Information on how to purchase tickets to follow.

For additional information or any queries please contact Margie Morris on 01473 707112 or email.